Home Cooking

Bland But Strongly Flavored Foods


More from Home Cooking

Home Cooking

Bland But Strongly Flavored Foods

Pei | | Aug 14, 2008 05:03 PM

I know, it's a bit of an oxymoron, isn't it? But bear with me, I'm taking care of someone who's not very well, and running out of ideas of what to prepare. In a nutshell, the requirements are:

-she needs to gain weight while not ingesting a lot of fat

-meals must be prepared in small quanities, as she only eats a very small amount at a time. And when I say small, I mean a quarter slice of toast and a slice of fruit with three tablespoons of soup sometimes.

-strongly flavored, but with only very basic one note flavors like salt, beef, miso, or the fragrance of fresh bread. Nothing that involved combining a bunch of different things into one pot and letting it all stew together.

-no poultry. Eggs are okay but the sulfury smell sometimes is offensive

-no solid meat though broth from meat is fine.

-milk, yogurt and cottage cheese are okay but stronger cheeses are offensive.

-dishes must be relatively quick to make, both because when she has appetite I want to get it to her as soon as possible, and because I don't have time to be cooking all day.

-warm, savory foods are more appetizing than cold or sweet. She's sick of eating fruit and steamed vegetables, and who can blame her? Plus, those things aren't going to put on any weight.

-pretty foods, because the appetite often starts with the eyes, right?

So far, some of the things that are regularly tolerated are:

-good toast with jam
-gazpacho, in very small amounts
-scrambled eggs with a little butter, but only about half an egg at a time
-2% milk
-yogurt with fresh fruit
-Richer Asian bakery items, in very small amounts
-kabocha squash steamed in ginger sugar water
-multigrain rice porridge with dried gojiberries and jujubes (Chinese health food)
-fresh vegetable juice (carrot/apple/broccoli most of the time)

I'd really like to see more calories and meat in there, but it's hard to do it without adding fat or creating too many flavors. What do you feed someone who's naseous and has little appetite?

Today I'm trying a beef stew where we can have dinner and she can drink the stock or eat some soft vegetables, and tomorrow I might do a simple marinara on some very soft pasta.